Does assistive technology substitute for personal assistance among the disabled elderly?

Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: This study examined whether use of equipment (technological assistance) to cope with disability was associated with use of fewer hours of help from another person (personal assistance). METHODS: In a cross-sectional study of 2368 community dwellers older than 65 years with 1 or more limitations in basic activities of daily living (ADLs) from the 1994 National Long Term Care Survey, the relation between technological assistance and personal assistance was examined. RESULTS: Among people with ADL limitations, multivariate models showed a strong and consistent relation between technological assistance and personal assistance, whereby use of equipment was associated with fewer hours of help. CONCLUSIONS: Among people with disability, use of assistive technology was associated with use of fewer hours of personal assistance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoenig, H; Taylor, DH; Sloan, FA

Published Date

  • February 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 330 - 337

PubMed ID

  • 12554595

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States